- How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 10
- How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 8.1
- How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 7 and earlier
- How to update Acer BIOS
How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 10
If you have an Acer computer equipped with an operating system Windows 10, then the simplest method to access the UEFI configuration of the PC (which I remind you to be the "successor" of the BIOS) is to intervene through an advanced restart of the operating system. In practice, all you have to do is go to the startup options provided by Windows 10, choosing the one that best suits your case.
How? Simple: First, open the Start menu by clicking on the icon in the shape of pennant located in the lower left corner of the screen and press the button (I.e. located in the sidebar of the aforementioned menu (just below the shutdown button).
Alternatively, you can get the same result by typing the word settings in the search field of the Start menu (or in the bar Cortana) and clicking on the first result received, or right clicking on the Start button and pressing on the voice Settings resident in the menu that is subsequently shown on the screen.
At this point, pigia sull'icona Update and security attached to the new window displayed, choose the option Restoration from the next panel and, to access the boot options, press the button Restart now corresponding to the section Avvio Avanzato.
If you have done all the steps correctly, you should see the screen turn blue and offer a menu containing several options for restarting your computer: to enter the Acer BIOS, therefore, you have to click on the icon Troubleshooting (marked with a screwdriver and wrench), then on the icon Advanced options and, finally, on the buttons UEFI firmware settings e Restart.
Note: If there are any pending updates, Windows will do them before even showing the advanced boot options.
After a few seconds, the computer should restart and you should see the UEFI configuration panel on the screen: as I have already explained to you at the beginning of this section, UEFI is the "successor" of the BIOS, that is a small operating system developed for act on the peripheral settings of the computer, equipped with more advanced features than its predecessor.
UEFI, as you can imagine, is divided into sections: for example, the card main contains the general basic information about the computer hardware and about the date and time parameters, the section Advanced allows you to act on parameters such as the frequency of the processor, the fan, the devices integrated on the motherboard (e.g. the network card, the disk and etc.), the card Safety allows you to act on your computer's security settings (such as Secure Boot) and so on.
The most modern versions of UEFI, among other things, allow you to navigate between the various settings, as well as with the keyboard, even with the aid of the mouse (which is not possible for BIOS). For a more complete overview of how BIOS and UEFI work, I suggest you carefully read my tutorial on how to access the BIOS, in which I have given you even more detailed explanations on the subject.
Wait, are you telling me that you were unable to access Acer's UEFI settings panel by following the above steps? This means that your computer may still be equipped with the old BIOS. Do not despair, you can always try to enter the latter by following the steps that I describe below.
- Open the menu Home Windows 10 by clicking, once again, on the button in the shape of pennant located at the bottom left.
- By pressing and holding the key Shift / Shift on the keyboard, click on the icon Stop and choose the item Stop / Update and Shutdown. This way, you will completely shut down your computer by disabling Windows 10 Fast Startup.
- Once the shutdown is complete, turn on the computer and immediately press the key F2: After a few seconds, you should be able to see the BIOS screen. If the F2 key does not work, you can repeat the procedure by pressing the key instead Canc.
How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 8.1
Enter the Acer BIOS with Windows 8.1 it is not difficult, on the contrary: the procedure is quite similar to that already seen for Windows 10, except for how to access the System Settings panel.
To start with, press the key combination Win + I to open the section of Settings of Windows 8.1 and, from there, choose the item Change PC settings placed in the lower part of the panel. Alternatively, you can press the button Home of Windows 8.1 (the icon in the shape of pennant located in the lower left), enter the word settings in the search field and click on the first result displayed.
Once you have reached the next screen, click on the icon Update and Restore, then click on the item Restore and, to access the boot options, press the button Restart corresponding to the section Advanced restart.
At this point, exactly as seen above, you can access the UEFI configuration by pressing the buttons in sequence Troubleshooting, Advanced options, UEFI firmware settings e Restart. That's all!
If the "UEFI firmware settings" button does not appear among the selectable options, most likely your computer is equipped with a BIOS: to access it, Shut down the system by pressing and holding the button Shift / Shift, turn the computer back on and immediately press the button F2 (o Canc) to enter the BIOS setup screen.
How to enter Acer BIOS with Windows 7 and earlier
You have an older Acer computer with an operating system Windows 7 and on which the BIOS? Then you can access it in the "classic" way, that is by giving a combination of keys when starting the computer.
To do this, turn off the machine completely by clicking on the button Home and selecting the voice Shut down / Shut down the system, then turn it back on and, when the start screen appears (the one that shows the Acer logo or a series of apparently meaningless writings), press the button F2 and wait for the BIOS settings panel to appear.
If the procedure described above does not have an effect, or if you find yourself in an unexpected section (for example that of restoring the computer to its factory state), restart the computer and try to repeat the previous steps using the key Canc or, if it is a particularly old model, by pressing the key F1 or the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Esc.
Still nothing done? Then I suggest you to search on Google, using the phrase "enter the Acer BIOS [specific computer model]“, In order to obtain targeted information on the key (or combination of keys) to press to achieve the desired result.
Note: if you need to reset the BIOS to its original boot parameters, turn on the computer and, immediately after, press and hold the key F10 until the motherboard speaker emits a double beep, a sign that the boot settings have been reset.
Have you finally managed to enter the computer's BIOS and, now, would you like some additional information on how to move around it, perhaps to format the computer or install a new operating system? Then read without hesitation my tutorial on how to enter the BIOS, in which I have dealt with the subject in great detail.
How to update Acer BIOS
Although most users ignore this practice, computer BIOS can be updated, just like "common" operating systems, such as Windows: very often, these updates are useful to increase the computer's hardware compatibility, to resolve errors. present in previous versions or, again, to close security holes that could prove harmful.
However, I must warn you that updating the BIOS is a practice as important as it is dangerous: in fact, an apparently small error (such as an incorrect setting or a wrong update file), or a sudden power failure during the procedure, is sufficient, for irremediably compromising the functioning of the computer and, in the worst case, frying the motherboard.
Therefore, even before making any decision on the matter, I strongly urge you to read the guide on how to update the BIOS that I made especially for you: in it I illustrate the steps to take to carry out this procedure, also warning you about all the risks associated with it. If you are not sure what you are going to do, do not be afraid to ask for assistance from someone who has a little more experience on the subject: let him clarify any doubts and, at least for the first few times, guide you step- step on what to do.How to enter the Acer BIOS